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Owner of missing king cobra gets citation for delayed escape report

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From Orlando Sentinel


He's been spotted on Twitter and T-shirts, but officials have yet to catch him in the wild.


The 8-foot-long king cobra that escaped earlier this week from its owner's home near Orlando made national headlines and has apparently been pretty active on social media.


Who knew snakes had thumbs?


Since its escape, numerous Twitter parody accounts claiming to be the sneaky snake have popped up with updates on its possible location.


So far, there's talk of it hanging out at the theme parks and in downtown Orlando. And the venomous animal is apparently enjoying its time in the wild.


"Officially 2 days gone. The reality of my freedom continues to catch me off guard. I am free at last. #orlandocobra," one Tweet reads.


Officials set out about four box traps Friday on property along the 4800 block of North Apopka-Vineland Road, near where the deadly snake escaped, in an effort to catch it, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Each trap has food the snake's owner, Mike Kennedy, said it likes.


Officers and other snake handlers have been searching that heavily wooded area since Wednesday, when Kennedy reported the snake missing. At that time, he said it could've escaped sometime within the previous 24 hours... READ MORE